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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig in MN View Post
    I like this deal, but it really makes me wonder what the next deal is. TR has been saying that he has more work to do, and unloading Doumit doesn't sound like the end of that work...just a step along the way. Evan swapping Doumit for Kubel doesn't seem like an obvious improvement....just a step towards something else. The most obvious next move would be signing or trading for a catcher, but having Doumit shouldn't have stopped them from making a small-time catcher move, and a big catcher move would be a surprise at this point. The same goes for pitching...even if they wanted another starter, there's no reason they couldn't do that before trading Doumit.

    Trading Doumit might have signaled a DH acquisition, but they just did that with Kubel, so that seems almost impossible. The next biggest upgrade location seems like shortstop. It's quite a stretch, but perhaps bringing in a recent first-round talent in Gilmartin might be enough in Ryan's mind to make up for giving up a second round pick to sign Drew. I don't see any other free agent move out there that fits as an upgrade for this team, but doesn't block anyone obvious. I just don't see what the next step is here....maybe a trade.
    Kubel on a minor league deal doesn't make another move for a DH next to impossible.

    I think a trade to clear out more bodies is still going to happen. Kevin Correia has to have some interest in trade that TR is waiting to pounce on should he land another pitcher Pinto's lack of experience and health concerns makes it pratically obligatory that a veteran Catcher will be added- not many "big names" left. Now that the Mariners have expressed interest in Suzuki, I have to think that he would choose the M's, all things being equal.

    If there isn't a significant sleeper in the 2nd round of the draft, the Twins have to consider Drew as their potential IF "Glue guy" on a 3 years deal to play next to Sano when he arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
    Yes, exactly. And this has to be known as a pretty solid Terry Ryan offseason so far. Other than Pelfrey, this has all been good.
    Yeah, it's great for those of us in that he's doing some of the things that we have been reasonably asking for the last couple years. This Doumit deal has to go in Terry's Top 5 Most Satisfying Chestnuts, possibly supplanting the one he claims is his #1 deal, ie, moving Scott Erickson.

    A couple more space-clearing moves coupled with a trade and a signing, we will have answered a lot of questions and positioned ourselves much better going forward.

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    This one has my approval. Doumit didn't have much on field value last year and certainly wasn't a long term asset. To get a guy with a pulse while dropping his salary and roster spot is a great move. Lots to like here.

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    All it comes down to is we traded for a younger version of Andrew Albers, and removed 3.5 milliom from payroll while opening up a space for Mike Pelfrey

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    Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
    I think this could be the standard reply to 80% of the proposed trades on here. I have never understand why people think they can add up a bunch of guys that a bad team doesn't want while including one decent prospect to get a better prospect.
    Because that is how it has worked in 97% of all sports video games ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggentleben View Post
    Why would any team say, "Hey, would you like to give us all your crap in one deal, and we'll reward you with a top 100 prospect?"

    C'mon now.
    The Padres were looking for left handed pitching and hitting.
    Luke Bard is our 3rd, 1st rounder from the 2012 draft and keplar is a left handed hitting outfielder who is our 9 ranked prospect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
    I'd be surprised if we don't see him at Target Field as well... and that's what concerns me. The Twins have shown they are not opposed to running out complete crap game after game.
    Just like being force fed Hernandez ....

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    GREAT GREAT GREAT MOVE !!! The Best move TR & co. has made of the off-season (i feel Nolasco was given either 1 more yr. or 1 more million per year than he should have)


    I remember the 2011 draft vividly; they were all set to take either P Sean Gilmartin or SS Joe Panik at pick #29 after someone was selected at #26, that was not a Twins target. Then promptly the Braves take Gilmartin at @ #27 and the Giants take Panik at #28...so the Twins were left with ...................wait for it............................ SS / 2B Levi Michael UNC.

    OUCH
    I remember thinking
    ....


    I really like Gilmartin, mainly because the Twins were high on him in that draft, and he was said to be a talent, taken as high as pick #11 or mid teens that year with helium before the draft, it was a semi-suprise he fell to late 20's as it was. Granted, so far it hasn't exactly worked out for him, as the Braves seem to be down on his stuff, as they were w/ diamond)

    Although he has a low 90's / high 80's fastball , to me, when healthy, his upside is superior to Albers and is at least a rich man's Scott Diamond.

    I know the minor leaguer's across baseball pretty well. i usually have a top 300-500 prospect list every year in all of the MLB.
    I'm not as thorough and logical of the Twins system as Seth Stohs and J. Nygaard and others....but As far as other teams minor leaguers go i'd like to think i'm more than competent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydakota View Post
    The Padres were looking for left handed pitching and hitting.
    Luke Bard is our 3rd, 1st rounder from the 2012 draft and keplar is a left handed hitting outfielder who is our 9 ranked prospect?
    Now is not the time to trade Max Kepler. He's coming off an injury-plagued season and underperformed his previous numbers. Maybe he's destined to be a bust but considering how often this board complains that JR sells low on prospects, people sure seem to encourage selling low on various guys.

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    Speaking of Levi Michael... What is he doing for the organization? I never liked that draft pick anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
    Funny how this board was talking about DFAing Doumit yesterday and now the general tenor is that trading him for a former first-round pick was a bad move. Kubel would likely beat him out of the DH role. Fryer is a better defensive catcher. And Arcia and Parmelee are better options in right field. If they sign another catcher (which I expect), they would have needed to DFA him and eat his salary. Instead they traded him, dumped his entire salary on the Braves and acquired a player in an area of organizational weakness. I don't really see a downside.
    Um, I think, after reading this entire thread, that the 'general tenor' thinks this was a good move. Yes, there are a few who didn't like this move, but the majority have weighed in positively, so I think your characterization is a bit off.

    As for me, I'm equally satisfied and think this was a good move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camp_Shocker View Post
    Speaking of Levi Michael... What is he doing for the organization? I never liked that draft pick anyways.
    He's a Rochester Red Wing.

    Literally. He's the guy in the Red Wing costume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
    Now is not the time to trade Max Kepler. He's coming off an injury-plagued season and underperformed his previous numbers. Maybe he's destined to be a bust but considering how often this board complains that JR sells low on prospects, people sure seem to encourage selling low on various guys.
    That's not the only thing that is wrong with this scenario. How does Luke Bard help if the Padres are looking for LH pitching?

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    Well, I for one think this is a great move.

    Was on the board yesterday as part of the DFA Domuit movement, as I'd like to see the Twins sign Suzuki. That's my focus at the moment, so for me this is perfect.
    Of course, as a 'Sign Suzuki' guy, I hope this means that step is soon to follow.
    If/when the Twins sign a vet catcher, this will obviously be the deal that makes that possible.
    Fingers crossed...
    Feel free to pile on about Suzuki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
    BABIP drives WHIP. If you normalized his WHIP for league average BABIP you get 1.28. Normalize Thielbar's for league average BABIP and you get 1.38 FWIW...
    Well, when I look at things like Duensing's Line Drive % (worst on Twins last year), the fact he was an extreme fly-ball pitcher, and that he had the 2nd worst Opponent Slugging % given up in their bullpen (only Roenicke was worse) - those things tell me bad luck with his BABIP didn't have as much impact as you think, but rather he was getting knocked around pretty good. That is also what my eyes remember seeing.
    Scouting Report: Tools - Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
    He's a Rochester Red Wing.

    Literally. He's the guy in the Red Wing costume.
    No way. Levi Michael is almost certainly pegged to wear a Rock Cat costume next year, at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    Kubel on a minor league deal doesn't make another move for a DH next to impossible. .
    Well, a combination of Kubel, and the other guys on the roster, and the lack of much on the market make it nearly impossible. There's only a couple of Free Agent hitters that are likely to be any better than what the Twins already have at DH. Morales, but he requires a draft pick, and he's good but not great, and he's got no defensive value. His lack of defensive value is actually negative value, since if forces existing poor defenders to stay in the field. Kubel could at least play in the OF if one of the other OFs need a day off.

    Nelson Cruz is similarly unlikely, but with the steroids issue and more insane demands. Choo would be really a great fit, but he turned down a 7 year $20 million/yr deal, and I don't see the Twins getting near that. After that, Drew is the only remaining free agent position player I'd have much interested in, and of course that doesn't affect DH.

    Any other move would have to be a trade, and I don't see many fits there either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howieramone View Post
    You have no idea if this is true or not. What we do know is he was recently highly regarded, the Braves handled him in a unusual manner, and the Twins have been interested in him for some time. I would be very surprised if we don't see Gilmartin at Target Field at some point in time.
    It's called prospect evaluation. Gilmartin is not a very good prospect. Even in his good season he didn't strike out many batters and his upside is the Correia, Blackburn or Diamond type of pitcher. He might make the majors and he might be fringy capable starter or reliever for awhile but it's more likely that he doesn't make contribute in the majors.

    And that's the point. This trade isn't about the prospect return. It's about moving Doumit in a trade (and the salary) instead of unceremoniously DFA'ing him (that wasn't going to happen).

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    Nailed it! If the kid makes a contributation it's a great bonus.

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    I thought Doumit didn't want to catch anymore which is why would the Braves want him since he won't DH in the NL?

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